Jenn David Connolly|
Having specialized in food packaging and branding design for nearly two decades, Jenn is an expert in creative strategy for gourmet and specialty food brands. Her background has made her into a highly sought after food packaging designer for a variety of food industries.
Jenn’s passion for food started at a very young age, helping her parents in the kitchen make pies and other baked deliciousness from scratch—mixing the dough, combining the fruit with the spices, feeling the textures, tasting the ingredients, smelling the aromas. She is still amazed at how simple ingredients transform into something incredible with a little effort and love.
In 2002, Jenn and her husband-to-be packed up everything they owned in a small moving truck and drove from their hometown of Boston across the country to San Francisco. The dot-com bubble had just burst but Jenn’s business began to flourish, which included working with Williams-Sonoma and designing their gourmet food packaging. It was here that Jenn’s two passions for food and design first intersected and stayed.
It is this love of food that Jenn shares with her clients—to be able to help people create phenomenal brands and bring their incredible products to market is an honor and joy. She brings her passion to each client she works with, and thrives on the challenge of creating branding that truly captures the essence of the product and life of the brand. Seeing clients achieve success and opportunity through compelling packaging and branding is the ultimate reward.
Jenn is committed to promoting design as a strategic advantage, vital cultural force and professional craft. She has served as Communications Director on the board of the San Diego chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. She is frequently featured as a contributing writer in industry publications such as Specialty Food Association, Brand Packaging, Packaging Strategies, Food & Beverage Packaging, The Dieline, Gourmet News, Graphic Design USA and more. Jenn’s work as a food label designer, food graphic designer and packaging specialist has been featured in Communication Arts, Print Magazine and HOW Design, as well as numerous design books.
Jenn continues the tradition with her own two children of experimenting and having fun in the kitchen. When she’s not in the studio or kitchen, Jenn loves crafting, making art, yoga and running, and leads an active lifestyle of traveling and adventuring with her family.
Food Packaging Designers and Strategists
A traveler at heart, Micaela found herself moving from the cornfields of small-town Ohio, to living the beach life in San Diego in 2011 after a life-changing first trip abroad. Her passion for design thrives off experiencing other cultures and the beautiful world around us, with inspiration around every corner. She recently returned to San Diego after an extensive 3+ year journey around the world. Living the life of a digital nomad, Micaela has now worked remotely as a designer in over 50+ countries.
Involved in art since an early age, Chris is passionate about creating fun, colorful and timeless designs. She began working as a graphic designer for the consumer goods industry in 2001 and continues to love working on packaging and illustration. When not working on design-focused projects, Chris volunteers at a horse ranch that specializes in training riders with disabilities. She enjoys keeping herself inspired through jewelry-making, crochet and painting.
An MFA graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, Claudia has over 20 years of design experience working for health & beauty, food and toy brands. She earned her project management certification in the search of betterment and integration of the design process for creative groups and projects. Claudia has applied her wealth of experience and knowledge to successfully help launch and grow startup businesses. In addition, she has served on the executive board of the AIGA. And in her recreational time, Claudia likes to learn new things and is always in the process of discovering new interests.
Julie has over 15 years of design experience in the gourmet food and beverage markets. She strives to define and convey the unique story behind every product, engaging each consumer to create a loyal bond. When she’s not designing, she’s tromping around SoCal with her boys and her pup.
Ariana is a graphic designer and creative director with over 20 years of experience in the food industry. She specializes in branding and logo design, and her work is guided by a strong belief in design as a problem-solving tool—a way to connect through visual language. When she isn’t designing, she keeps busy by training others as a movement coach, nerding-out as an amateur botanist and overfeeding her pug!
Born and raised in San Diego, Brenda has always thrived in creative environments. Her bi-cultural roots allow her to look at things from different perspectives. She loves to use her creativity as a means for problem-solving and is delighted when she gets a chance to create. Most recently, she graduated from San Diego City College with an Associates Degree in graphic design. Her hobbies include singing, watching movies, and spending time with her lovable corgi.
Web Developer & Strategist
Web Developer & Strategist
Originally hailing from Chicago, Charley moved to sunny San Diego in 2007. Charley received a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University in 2004. Since then he has been working in web development. He considers himself a WordPress expert and is fluent in many web-based languages. He is an avid sports fan, an outdoor enthusiast, and a maker.
Motion Design / Videographer & Animator
Motion Design / Videographer & Animator
Fernando is an experienced visual designer with a proven track record of helping brands succeed by crafting culturally relevant brand-led stories & user-centered experiences. Some of the brands he has partnered with include Popeye’s Chicken, Oakley Sunglasses, Cars.com, Callaway Golf, and Giorgio Armani. Fernando was born in Brazil and has lived in a few different countries before earning a Graphic Design degree and calling San Diego home.
Anne is an award-winning copywriter who helps brands find the words and pictures to tell their story. She has collaborated with brands such as Kraft Foods, eBay, Bumble Bee Tuna, Rubio’s Fish Tacos, Hilton Hotels and San Diego Zoo. Anne graduated from Santa Clara University and also studied at the University of Madrid in Spain. She is dedicated to crafting powerful brand stories and clear communication—because in a complicated world, clarity wins. When she’s not surfing the Internet, Anne can often be found surfing San Diego’s waves or building Legos with her kids.
Jenna has always thrived in creatively organized environments. She brings a lifetime of learning detail-oriented organization to the JDD team. As project manager she guides the completion of client’s projects ensuring they are completed on time and adhere to high JDD standards. When not carrying out her project management duties, Jenna teaches baby sign language and enjoys adventurous walks with friends. She is originally from Seattle, WA and now lives in San Diego, CA with her amazing son.
Sonja was born into a family of entrepreneurs (she was raised in the office of her Grandfather’s retail store), and business management quickly became her focus. She has extensive experience in Project Management and keeps everything organized and running smoothly. Sonja flourishes in finding the flow with clients and within the JDD team. She loves her family, which includes her husband, two teenage boys, young daughter and their Egyptian Pharaoh Hound. When she is not working she enjoys anything that has to do with nature, art and music.
With nearly a decade of project management experience, Anna brings her desire to be a great communicator and add to her extensive skills on a daily basis. She ensures projects run smoothly and adhere to our high standards. Since living in San Diego for the past 17 years, Anna has worked as a Massage Therapist, Hotel Supervisor and recently started grad school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, hiking with her boxer puppy, as well as coaching her 10-year-old daughter’s soccer team.
The occasional misty morning in her Point Loma neighborhood reminds Emma of her native Britain. Emma first arrived in California with the intention of only staying 6 months—that was some 20 years ago! Emma advises on budgeting and forecasting and also handles the billing so the rest of the team can take care of the design. She has three amazing kids who brighten her life and keep her very busy. She also enjoys cycling, yoga and sailing, and dreams of finding enough time to read.
RaShelle has spent more than a decade behind the scenes of JDD focusing on building strategies that elevate the success of the business, and therefore our clients. Her passion for the creative industry has driven her to assist Jenn in building a business that has a solid foundation with strategic thinking at its core. She has been a creative business coach for 22 years, speaking and leading workshops around the country. She is an active member of the creative community, has served on several chapter boards of the AIGA, is a mixed media artist, a solo parent of two and has worked closely with organizations that support healing for at risk youth.
Digital Marketing Strategist
Digital Marketing Strategist
For over 15 years, April has been helping brands get a grip on their marketing to increase profits year-over-year. Everything starts with a tailored plan and is carried out with a smart mix of web, SEO, email, social, and advertisement. When April’s not helping brands navigate the ever-changing online landscape, you can find her playing on her dirtbike, surfing in the ocean or enjoying being lost in the woods while camping.